What is this all about?

Lower Tancredston Farmhouse is the main 'residence' for the Wade family in Tancredston, Hayscastle, Pembrokeshire. It has been empty for over 2 years and finally a builder has been selected (Mark Roberts) for the entire renovation project. This blog is the story (with photos) of the renovation.

Monday, 29 April 2013

A random update

The lovely sunshine saw the builders taking their hi-viz coats and hats off yesterday - and it is wonderful to see the house with the windows/doors open.  We chose carpets on Saturday (only for the bedrooms, my craft room and the stairs/landings) - and the man will be coming to measure up soon.  Also, the final arrangements for the kitchen design will be made this week, as we need to order now so that it can be installed within 6 weeks.  The decorator will be starting the mammoth task of painting nearly every surface next week.  We have to choose any feature colours very soon, otherwise it will all be magnolia.  We are getting prices for bathroom fittings, so that will all be ordered soon.  It is all looking more like a home by the day!
An example of how tidy our builder is!!

The new front door (an exact copy of the old one - very clever joiner). 
This was only in place for a few minutes yesterday whilst they got the frame installed.
It has been taken down to protect it from wheelbarrows etc.

This was the first item to come into the house.  My sparkly basin for
the guest shower room!!  It will certainly wake up guests in the morning!

Thursday, 25 April 2013

New doors, 2nd fix electrics .......

Yes, I am full of technical terms now!!

The biggest news is that the hot tub has arrived at the local dealer, so we can have it as soon as the room is ready.

The new external doors are in, and they are starting to replace the window glass where needed, ie frosted glass in the new downstairs shower room etc.

The only floor left to lay is in the boiler room.

The electrician and mate have been busy, with sockets/light switches going in, as well as lots of ceiling holes for lights.

We have been busy getting the kitchen order sorted, as well as best prices for appliances and bathroom fittings.  What did we do before the internet?  Well, it would have been simpler I suppose.

The new front door is meant to be arriving today.  It will be briefly fitted, before being taken off again to keep it safe from wheelbarrows etc.  I will try and get a photo of it, but may miss the big event as I am off carriage driving today.

The kitchen - with sockets added (and you can just see
one of the holes for the many spotlights)

New back door - so much lighter

Boiler room - with new door and window

My craft room - nearly ready for me to move into!

The boiler room from outside

Thursday, 18 April 2013

Pipes and more pipes

Yesterday, they started to put in the pipes for the underfloor heating downstairs.  In fact, they put most of the pipes down.  I was so surprised to see how quickly this is done.  The floor is going down on top of the pipes today - so much progress!

We put the final order in for all the tiles yesterday and bought the 'special' basin I wanted for the guest shower room.  More will be revealed when it is installed !!


Living room, with pipes disappearing through
to the boiler room

Dining room

Front of the house - dark picture, sorry, it was getting
late in the evening

Side of the house, with very neat wheelbarrows.
The window is for the boiler room, which used to be only
accessible externally, but is now joined into the
main house

Lines drawn to show where drainage pipes will be going

Sunday, 14 April 2013

A Sunday Update

As usual with this project, it is flying along.  We have even been out and chosen all the tiles (floor and wall) needed for the bathrooms/kitchen etc.  I believe that the upstairs bathrooms and laundry room will be tiled within a week!  We now have to finalise the bathroom fittings and then the kitchen will be back on our 'To Do List'.

The decorator has been booked for 3 weeks time, so we also have to decide whether we want any different colours to the magnolia for the walls/white for the skirtings etc that was provisionally planned. 

We can have the hot tub installed next month, if we wish (we can then go in when the builders aren't there to use it!). 

Here are some photos - some taken last Wednesday and the rest were taken today.

The patio area outside the hot tub room

Looking down towards the kitchen
The dining room fireplace (or builders' storage area!)

Looking down the stairs from the first landing

This is the insulation going on the floors downstairs, before
they put down the underfloor heating pipes - very thick and cosy

The kitchen (with pantry door and patio doors)
Looking out of the kitchen towards the hot tub room -
if we have any summer, it will be a lovely area to sit out in

Tuesday, 9 April 2013

A late weekend update

We were away with the caravan this weekend, so didn't take my usual weekly update photos until yesterday evening.

So much has happened - and we have to choose bathroom tiles this week (you would think this would be simple, but unless you have an unlimited budget it is actually very difficult - I always choose the more expensive ones!).

The proper floor levels will be going in within the next fortnight, so then the underfloor heating downstairs can be installed.

Here are the photos - internal and external.

My craft room - ceiling put back in and walls plastered.

The rooms above the kitchen - shower room on right, craft room directly
in front, and spare room next to it on the left.

The upstairs laundry room - with airing cupboard
going in.

The hot tub room - with shower room
on the right.

The kitchen - with water pipes going over to the island

Another view of the kitchen - showing the window seat and the
internal porch.

The mini digger has returned (as the weather has been so dry) and lots of
digging going on outside.  The back of the house is having the concrete covering
stripped from it, but will be covered up again (stone is not good enough to be
left exposed).